Turner was the No. 9 player in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals, and has been considered a one-and-done candidate since his stock skyrocketed late in his junior season of high school.
As a freshman at Texas, Turner averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 boards and 2.6 blocks. Early in the year, he really struggled against elite competition, but as the season progressed, Turner started to play better. He’s got a nice touch from the perimeter and a go-to move in the post — a quick, face-up jumper that is very difficult to block given his extremely high release point. Defensively, he needs to add some strength, but he has the length and timing to one day be a good shot-blocker at the next level.
Turner is currently projected by Draft Express as the No. 12 pick in the draft.
Late Night Snacks: Jahlil Okafor sets new career high in Duke win, Myles Turner gets first start for Texas
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Fairleigh Dickinson 85, Towson 84, overtime
Marques Townes made the game-winning layup with five seconds left to give Knights an unlikely overtime road win over Towson. Fairleigh Dickinson trailed Towson by 14 at the half and allowed the Tigers to shoot 57 percent from the field (27-for-47) but still won by forcing 25 Towson turnovers. The Knights, meanwhile, only turned the ball over three times as Darian Anderson had 23 points and five rebounds to lead the effort. Townes finished with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals.
1. No. 11 Texas 66, Rice 55
The Longhorns had to get through a very odd Monday afternoon tip-off as freshman big man Myles Turner made his first career start and scored a team-high 16 points for Texas. Turner was 6-for-7 from the field and Texas turned up its defense in the end to hold off a feisty Owl team that had upset on their minds. Rice was held scoreless for 5:46 near the end of the game until scoring with six seconds left as that stand gave Texas enough to win.
2. No. 2 Duke 86, Toledo 69
It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t always easy for the Blue Devils after 11 days of rest, but Duke led comfortably for much of the second half and put away Toledo after only a three-point halftime deficit. Jahlil Okafor finished with a career-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and once again stepped up his play when Duke looked a big sluggish. Quinn Cook also finished with 20 points for Duke while Tyus Jones added 15 points and eight assists.
3. TCU 60, Tennessee State 40
The Horned Frogs earned another easy victory to remain unbeaten as they moved to 13-0 on the season. Guard Kyan Anderson had 16 points to lead TCU in the win and we still haven’t seen this team play anybody tough all season. We’ll see if the Horned Frogs are legit on Jan. 3 when they host West Virginia in their first Big 12 game of the season.
1. Boston College’s Aaron Brown
The senior had a strong outing in an afternoon win over UMass Lowell. Brown went 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-5 from three-point range to finish with 22 points, four assists and three rebounds.
2. LSU’s Jarrell Martin
The sophomore big man had 24 points and nine rebounds as the Tigers picked up an easy win over Southern Miss. Martin was also 10-for-15 from the field and added four assists on the night.
3. Tennessee Tech’s Charles Jackson
The Golden Eagles needed all of Jackson’s 28 points and 16 rebounds to get past North Florida for a three-point win. Of Jackson’s rebound total, seven came on the offensive end and he was 10-for-15 on the season.
1. James Madison’s offense
Monday night was a chance for James Madison to pick up a nice mid-major home win over Valparaiso, but instead, the Dukes’ offense went ice cold as they shot 23 percent from the field (13-for-55) in a 79-52 blowout loss. The Crusaders, meanwhile are 13-2.
The Mustangs pulled out a win on Monday night over Division II Midwestern State, but Larry Brown’s team was actually trailing in the second half and turned the ball over 19 times while shooting 38 percent from the field. A really sluggish outing for a SMU team that hasn’t looked like a NCAA Tournament team so far this season.
3. CS Northridge
Leading 34-25 at the half on Stephen F. Austin, the Matadors looked like they were in good position to pick up a big home win on Monday. But CS Northridge quickly relinquished its nearly double-digit lead and trailed for most of the second half in a 61-57 loss.
Treveon Graham had 20 points, nine rebounds and two assists to lead VCU to a win over Cleveland State.
North Carolina Central had four scorers in double figures as they earned an easy win over IUPUI.
Rider posted a road win at Wagner as Jimmie Taylor had 25 points and six rebounds in the win.
Quinnipiac got past Maine with a home win as Ousmane Drame had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the victors.
Old Dominion moved to 11-1 on the season with a win over Mt. St. Mary’s. Javonte Douglas led three Monarchs in double figures with 16 points.
Texas Tech outlasted North Texas as Devaugntah Williams led the Red Raiders with 14 points.
Darrell Bowie had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a Northern Illinois win over Hampton.
Pepperdine had 17 points and seven rebounds from Jett Raines in a win over Loyola Marymount.
St. Mary’s picked up a WCC win over San Francisco as Brad Waldow had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Antoine Mason picked up 19 points as Auburn got past Middle Tennessee.
Three guys with 20-plus points for BYU in a WCC win over Portland as Tyler Haws (24 points), Anson Winder (22 points) and Kyle Collinsworth (21 points) all had good nights.
A nice overtime win for Denver at home over Saint Joseph’s as Brett Olson had 27 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Trailing 51-40 with 5:54 remaining, the No. 11 Shockers mounted a furious comeback and didn’t allow a field goal for the rest of the game. Darius Carter’s dunk off of a Fred VanVleet pass with 12 seconds left gave Wichita State 23 straight home wins as the Shocker press wrecked havoc on Alabama’s offense the last five minutes of the game. Carter paced Wichita State with 16 points.
1. Marquette 78, Arizona State 71
It was the debut for Marquette’s new transfer big man, Luke Fischer, and the Wisconsin native made a big impact in his homecoming with 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks on 9-for-11 shooting from the field. JaJuan Johnson added 22 points and Duane Wilson chipped in 19 as the Golden Eagles looked like a different team with a talented big man in the middle.
2. Northern Arizona 73, St. Mary’s 71
This game ended in wild fashion as the Lumberjacks made two field goals in the last 10 seconds to earn a strong road victory over St. Mary’s. Quinton Upshur scored the game-winning layup with two seconds left after a turnover Aaron Bright. Upshur finished with 26 points in the win. This is a really bad loss for St. Mary’s, especially at home and when Brad Waldow put up 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
3. VCU 78, Belmont 51
Let me make something clear, VCU should win this game against Belmont at home. But topping Belmont by 27 points is an impressive feat, even without Craig Bradshaw on the floor for the Bruins. The Rams forced 17 turnovers and held Belmont to 37 percent shooting as the VCU bench came through in the scoring column. Freshman forward Justin Tillman had 16 points while sophomore guard JeQuan Lewis contributed 13 points to pace the Ram offense.
1. Houston’s Jherrod Stiggers
The Cougars had a close game against Houston Baptist but Stiggers put them over the hump with 33 points in the win.
2. Texas’ Myles Turner
Jahlil Okafor had a monster night on Monday and Turner, a fellow McDonald’s All-American, followed suit on Tuesday in a 106-61 win over Lipscomb. The big man finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Longhorns.
1. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige
North Carolina won with ease, 79-56, over UNC Greensboro, but Paige once again had a tough time finding his own offense. The junior went 1-for-8 from the field and finished with five points and two assists on the evening.
2. Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton
The Shockers could have used the senior guard as another perimeter option in a tight win over Alabama, but Cotton went 0-for-6 from the field and finished scoreless.
3. Alabama’s Ricky Tarrant and Rodney Cooper
Alabama’s second- and third-leading scorers combined for only 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting (1-for-8 from three) in a loss at Wichita State. The duo usually combine to average a little over 26 points per game.
Buddy Hield had 16 points in 21 minutes for No. 15 Oklahoma in a win over Oral Roberts as the junior went 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range.
No. 3 Arizona cruised past Oakland, 101-64, as Stanley Johnson led five Wildcats in double figures with 18.
Buffalo forward Justin Moss had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulls’ 80-70 win over Drexel.
In a matchup of solid mid-majors, Sam Houston crushed Eastern Washington, 76-52 as guard Jabari Peters finished with 16 points.